tenThing Brass Ensemble

The Artists

Formed in 2007 by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth as a fun and exciting collaboration between musical friends, the ten-piece, all-female brass ensemble tenThing have firmly established themselves on the international scene to great acclaim. tenThing are celebrated for their commitment to outreach and access to music through a diverse repertoire that spans from Mozart to Weill, Grieg to Bernstein, and Lully to Bartok. The group work closely with Norwegian guitarist and arranger Jarle Storløkken in the arrangement of scores for the ensemble, enabling them to play pieces of differing instrumentations.

tenThing first came into prominence thanks to performances all over their native Norway, eventually delighting a huge national audience by opening the 2011 Norwegian Grammy Awards. Soon after, the group drew international attention after their highly successful appearance at the BBC Proms at London’s Cadogan Hall. Elsewhere in Europe, they have performed at a wide range of prestigious festivals and concert halls, including the Schleswig-Holstein, Beethoven Bonn, Gstaad, MDR Musiksommer, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Bodensee, Engadin, Merano, Thüringer Bachwochen, and Bremen festivals in Central Europe, the Merano and Sienna festivals in Italy, the NCPA Beijing May Festival, and Moscow’s House of Music.

In Spring 2017, the ensemble embarked on their American debut tour, which included concerts in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and at the renowned Wolf Trap Festival. tenThing also made their Paris debut at the St Denis Festival in May 2017. Following their international successes, they returned to the USA again in 2019 and will embark on their third visit in November/December 2022 performing Holiday-themed programme of Christmas songs from all over Europe and America. Upcoming seasons also sees tenThing back on tour in Germany, Sweden and across Europe.

The Program

Wedding day at Troldhaugen

Edvard Grieg

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme 

Jean Baptiste Lully 

Morceaux from op 15 

Agathe Backer Grøndahl 

Romanian Folk Dances 

Bela Bartok 

Nocturne et Cortège 

Lili Boulanger 

Share my Yoke 

Joy Webb 


Geirr Tveitt 

Oberek no 1 

Gražyna Barewicz 

“Ten of Hearts” – new commission for tenThing Brass Ensemble 

Jennifer Higdon 

Milonga del angel 

Astor Piazzolla 

Rissolty Rossolty 

Ruth Crawford Seeger 

Three Preludes 

George Gershwin 

West Side Story 

Leonard Bernstein 

Learn More...

Read about the Hockett family, the concert series they established, and see a list of past artists.